Scientists find air pollution leads to a significant decline in cognition

August 28, 2018 by  
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It turns out pollution affects more than just the environment. New research shows there might be a correlation between significant air pollution and cognitive decline in humans. Scientists hope their research will lead to changes in how countries deal with excessive air pollution, especially in heavily populated urban areas. Over the course of several years, more than 25,000 people hailing from 162 different counties in China were studied. The researchers published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and are calling for China to reform its pollution policies. The researchers believe China can significantly increase the population’s education level by adhering to the U.S. EPA guidelines. So, how did researchers link pollution with cognitive decline? The scientists performed verbal and math exams on all of the subjects in 2010 and again in 2014. The data from the exams were then compared between the years, and the team linked these changes to  air pollution . The researchers found that the older subjects performed worse on the tests, which led the team to believe that pollution has a bigger effect on brains as people age. The study also showed that individuals with little education were more affected by pollution, possibly because they typically work outdoors. Although the researchers were confident in linking pollution and cognitive decline, they are not sure why it is happening. Xi Chen, study co-author and professor of health policy at Yale, believes that pollution could be harming white matter in the brain , a region that controls communication within this important organ. James Hendrix, the head of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Global Science Initiative, disagrees. Hendrix does not believe the researchers have any evidence to suggest that pollution is damaging white matter. He also argues that associating air pollution with cognitive deterioration is difficult, because there are too many other factors at play. Either way, it’s clear that air pollution is negatively impacting our health and our planet. + Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Via NPR Images via Fredrik Rubensson and  Nicolò Lazzati

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Envisioning what’s possible

March 4, 2016 by  
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Project Drawdown Founder Paul Hawken shares the realistic, optimistic and empowering view of our climate future offered by drawdown solutions, and the important role of the business community in actualizing this future in Phoenix at GreenBiz 16.

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Celebrate National Battery Day For The Chance To Win A Prize

February 11, 2016 by  
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February may be known for Valentine’s Day, but there’s another important holiday this month. Forget candy hearts and roses — show your love for the environment by celebrating National Battery Day on Feb. 18. Wondering just how to do that? Recycling…

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From Davos: Unleashing the power of nature in cities

January 25, 2016 by  
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At the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the important topic of urbanization keeps coming up in various discussions. For environmentalists like us, it’s a critical issue, too.As the world’s population grows and as our planet increasingly urbanizes, we need to redefine the relationship between cities and nature. It is no longer enough for us to “protect the last great places,” as we used to say at our organization, the Nature Conservancy.

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WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

May 14, 2015 by  
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What do swine flu, monkey pox, and paralytic shellfish poisoning all have in common? Sure, they’re all illnesses but the important commonality according to the World Health Organization is that their names are offensive to animals . We’re all for being friends to animals, is the WHO going too far with their new guidelines concerning the names of certain diseases? WHO officials are calling for a ban on names like swine flu and monkey pox, because they believe that naming diseases after animals brings undue violence against the so-named species. The name bans aren’t actually restricted to animal ailments , however. WHO is calling for an end to call disease names which are associated with “cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups.” By way of example, that would include German measles, Lyme disease, and legionnaire’s disease. The new WHO guidelines go even further into the realm of political correctness by seeking to eliminate the words ‘unknown’, ‘death’, ‘fatal’ and ‘epidemic’ concerning disease outbreaks, as they feel this verbiage incites public fear. Hmmm. Via DailyMail Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal protection , Animals , disease names , offensive to animals , protecting animals , WHO , World Health Organization

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Say Goodbye to Your Old Incandescent Light Bulbs

July 31, 2014 by  
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Governments around the world are gradually phasing out the energy-inefficient incandescent light bulb , but many homeowners have yet to make the switch. To help break down the differences between light bulbs and explain how buying more energy efficient alternatives is a sound economic and environmental investment, Angie’s List put together an infographic that covers everything from the definition of a lumen to the a cost comparison of electricity output. Read on to see all the illuminating reasons why it’s important to say goodbye to your old incandescent light bulbs! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Say Goodbye to Your Old Incandescent Light Bulbs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “light bulbs” , angle’s list , cfl light bulbs , electricity output , incandescent light bulb , infographic , led light bulbs , light bulb , lumens , reader submitted content , watts

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41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study

June 19, 2014 by  
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Who’d have thought it? An unassuming leafy green often used as decorative garnish might just be the healthiest food you can eat. Researchers at William Paterson University put watercress at the top of a list of 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” that contain 17 nutrients critical for human health. The study, recently published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease , gives watercress a score of 100 out of 100 for nutrient contents because it contains large amounts of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin d, and other important building blocks for the human body. Read the rest of 41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CDC , food , Health , nutrients , nutrition , preventing chronic disease , superfoods , vitamins , watercress , william paterson university

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

June 19, 2014 by  
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What the dot-com era can teach us about CSR reporting

March 27, 2013 by  
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Early startups publicized narrow business metrics to measure success before moving to the important ones, like profits.

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When does talking about sustainability become too risky?

February 28, 2013 by  
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Recent sustainability campaigns by McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Clorox Green Works provide four important lessons.

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